|1967 E Type
Total Team CJ restoration
One final test drive, one last photo opportunity!
|Car now just days away from completion
||Suffolk & Turley interior looks
Your car has spent the last few days being tuned on the Dyno and I am pleased to report that it has been putting down some very impressive numbers! Using a 20% power loss correction factor (from flywheel to rear wheels), your Stage Two CJ engine is producing 379 HP and 437 ft/lbs of torque. These numbers are all the more remarkable given they were achieved with all ancillary components in place, including the complete exhaust system. The compression ratio is a conservative 9.8:1 and all testing was performed using 93 octane pump gas.
Your E Type is a flying machine, and certainly one of the fastest road legal 6 cylinder E Types on the road.
|CJ/Borrani wheels now installed
||Dyno sheet showing some remarkable
HP and torque numbers
Installing the convertible top and bonnet.
|Time to install the bonnet!
||Looking more like a finished car every day
|Stapling the rear edge of the mohair top
Hector and Carlos installing your new mohair Suffolk & Turley convertible top (in progress).
Click on the image below for a short video of the car being run through the gears on the Dyno!
After an uneventful initial firing, we have already run the engine through several heat cycles and it is now time to spend a few hours on the Dyno. I will post a video of the car running through the gears tomorrow afternoon.
On a different note, happy 14th birthday to Race! Your dad tells me he is going to allow you to do your driver's ed in the E Type in a couple of years.
|Front lights and brightwork have now been
|After successful initial firing and several
the car has now been moved to the Dyno
|New fuel tank has now been installed
||Hector installed the interior door panels
|The car is scheduled for several hours on
|Look for a video of the car being put
The mechanical assembly is progressing very well!
|Slave wheels and tires will be used for
sessions on the chassis dyno
|Uprated suspension and brakes on display
car raised on one of the lifts
|Stage Two 4.7L engine will be fired up in
next few days
|Engine bay filling up rapidly!
|Wiper motor rebuilt, restored and installed
||Bumpers and overriders installed
Gerardo has now almost finished sanding and buffing the new paintwork and Carlos has begun installing the first of the restored chrome and brightwork.
|Installing the restored convertible top
||Car will receive a black mohair Suffolk
|Carlos has now trimmed and installed the
bonnet chrome beading
|Bonnet is now ready for lights and bumpers
||Gerardo has now sanded and buffed the doors
Interior re-trim, continued..
|Your car is now keeping some good company
in the CJ trim room!
|Installing fuse boards and heater elbows
|Installing 3M 8840 sound deadening material
to installing the gas tank
Carlos starting to install the first pieces of the tan interior...
Installing Dynamat, hydraulic and fuel lines, engine and transmission ready to install.
|Fabricating and installing hydraulic and
||New brake booster and master cylinder
|Dynamat installed throughout the cabin
|Engine and transmission ready to install
Your car has now been moved to the main workshop where the mechanical reassembly is already underway.
|Putting finishing touches to the IRS
||IRS now almost ready to install
|Installing engine frames
||Front and rear suspension installed, your
car is now
sitting on its wheels
|Wiring, dash, engine and transmission
The bonnet and engine frames have now been painted British Racing Green.
Late yesterday afternoon Gerardo painted the main body and the doors.
|View through the booth window at around
|After unmasking, first thing this morning
|BRG shows off the E Types curves
Yesterday afternoon we painted the underside of your bonnet. Later today we will be painting the underside of the main body, then on Monday we will start painting all of the outer panels.
|Rocker guard being applied to the front
|Underside of bonnet now BRG
|Applying rocker guard to the underside of
Applying the first of the British Racing Green paint! First up is the cabin area and the boot compartment.
|For this car we have chosen our darkest
British racing Green option
|For anyone interested in the color for
|Cabin and boot compartment sealed in epoxy
primer all joints seam sealed
|The first of the British Racing Green!
Unpacking your beautifully re-plated chrome...
The doors and boot lid have been reinstalled and adjusted following application of the sprayable polyester. At this stage the panel fit has been finalized and you can see how all the gaps will look on the finished car.
|Panel fit is spectacular throughout the
|Rear bottom corner of right side of
|Right hand upper door panel gaps
||Lower rear corner of passenger door
|Lower rear corner of driver's door
||Lower front corner of driver's door
With the bodywork (filler and block) stage completed, your car has now been primed with Spies Hecker 3508 Raderal sprayable polyester.
Lead loading the rear quarters and front cowl..
|Note heater box is trial fitted as part
|Filing lead on the front cowl
|Right hand cowl now has lead applied
||Starting to take shape after filing
|All the panel gaps are looking good
Oscar has been busy trimming and fitting your alloy bonnet....
|New engine frames installed
|Both wings will be trimmed to fit
|Oscar checking straightness after hammering
|Bonnet fit now starting to take shape
||Trial fitting mudguards
We have now removed the monocoque from the rotisserie and placed it on a roll-around frame jig. The next task will be to install the new engine frames and fit the new CJ aluminum bonnet.
|Preparing to install the engine side frames
|Trial fitting rear lights and license plate
||Keeping good company in the CJ Coachworks
Oscar has been busy installing your new floors, after carefully rust proofing all the enclosed box sections with Wurth Body Wax prior to spot welding the floors into place.
|Wurth Body Wax is sprayed in all box
that will be enclosed by the floors
|The body wax will help prevent for decades
||Left and right hand floors are spot welded
the center line
|Spot welding the rear floor brace in
|Floors are clamped in place for welding
|Literally hundreds of spot welds secure the
to the main monocoque
|Trial fitting the outer sills
|About to spot weld the outer sills in place
Lots of progress in the Coachworks...
|Cutting out rusted section of inner cowl
||Trial fitting replacement repair panel
|Rust holes up beneath LH A pillar
|Cracks found around engine stabilizer
|Drilling out spot welds holding bracket
|Crack cannot be ignored at such an
structural part of the firewall
|Cutting out the corroded section
|Trial fitting replacement repair panel
||New stabilizer bracket fabricated
|Acid washing inner/enclosed surfaces
||Tack welding replacement panel in position
|TIG weld next
||Repair now invisible after metal finishing
|Antenna hole will be filled
|Unusual view of new boot latch being
|All inner box sections are thoroughly rust
|Trial fitting new boot lid
We have now wrapped this Stage Two engine rebuild and look forward to seeing how it performs on the chassis dyno in a few months time. We typically see about 380 HP and 430 ft/lbs of torque with our 4.7L CJ Stage Two rebuilds. That's more torque than a Ferrari 458 Italia - in a car weighing less than 2,500 lb!
|Preparing to install the oil pan
|Not just a pretty face, this engine will
put out around
380HP and 430 ft/lbs of torque!
Putting the finishing touches to another 4.7L CJ Stage Two engine rebuild.
We have now finished the block machine work and we are about to begin the final assembly.
|Torque plate cylinder honing in progress
||Surfacing the block with front timing chain
|Balancing flywheel and pressure plate
||Balancing your billet stroker crankshaft
|Laying out forged Carrillo connecting rods
custom forged CJ pistons, etc
|Final assembly underway!
The following sequence of photographs show Oscar fabricating a new inner support panel for the upper license plate panel. Unfortunately the original panel was completely rotten and new panels are not available, hence the need to fabricate one from scratch.
|Removing the rear license plate support
|A new panel had to be fabricated from
|Trial fitting the new panel
|Not much left at the back of the car at
|Trial fitting license plate panel
||Unfortunately your boot lid is also rusty
and will be replaced
Oscar has been busy cutting out corroded metal and fabricating replacement panels for the IRS chassis legs and beneath the windscreen pillars. He has made excellent progress in the last few weeks!
Body restoration underway today!
Restoration of your seats now virtually complete.
Lots of progress in the machine shop, interior trim restoration about to get underway.
|Base-line flow testing the head
||Machining out old seats
|Surfacing gasket areas
||Porting in progress (exhaust port)
|Machining 5 angled valve job
|Front of head prior to sanding and
|Surfacing the deck
|Rebuilt head now ready for assembly
|Beautiful tan Suffolk & Turley hides
I am pleased to report that we now have your Stage 2 (4.7L) engine rebuild underway.
|Removing the cylinder head
|Crank will be replaced with a billet
|Oil pan had several cracks that will
|Disassembling the head
|Head has extensive shrapnel damage
|Measuring head warpage - will require a cam
saddle align hone
|Several chambers will require significant
|Baseline flow testing prior to port work
|Cylinder head weld repairs underway
Cutting out floors with the plasma cutter. Click on the large image below for a short video clip.
Blasting the car back to bare metal has unfortunately exposed some fairly extensive damage, as well as some pretty shoddy sheet metal repairs. The car was obviously quite rusty prior to being painted, with several corroded areas being covered up with bondo or crudely patched. There is also some old accident damage evident around the rear lamp panels.
A sample of your Nickel plating and powder coating...
Just some of the goodies that go into a Team CJ Stage Two rebuild...
|Some of the component parts of a Team CJ
Stage Two engine rebuild
|Billet stroker crank in foreground
We now have your E Type completely disassembled and will have the sheet metal blasted back to bare metal in the next few days.
|Time to tear the car down and see what
beneath the shiny paint
|Panel gaps are poor, and the car clearly
has a great
deal of bondo throughout the body
|Engine and transmission removed
|Time to remove the interior
||Cutting away outer sills reveals patched
|LH inner sill has been crudely patched with
piece of sheet metal
|Car now on a rotisserie blasting jig
We will have this exciting project underway in the next few weeks!